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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,841 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Haidt Narrator: George K. Wilson Publisher: Gildan Media LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN:
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This is a book about 10 Great Ideas. Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allen Tsai | 2/16/2014

    " There are some interesting things to learn about yourself through this book, but overall, I think I've learned most of it from life already. It was okay... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenn Carter | 2/10/2014

    " We often read that joy is attained in the journey, not the destination. This book encapsulates that notion. The Happiness Hypothesis weaves the reader through different theories, myths and assumptions pulling together artefacts to a compelling conclusion. The best book I've read since "The Guide for the Perplexed". I thoroughly recommend this book for anyone seeking true happiness and meaning in their lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Hollister | 2/8/2014

    " i loved this book n inhaled it in 3 hrs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Niniane Wang | 2/2/2014

    " I really liked the chapter about what types of adversity make a person feel stronger, and what leaves them permanently damaged. Also the chapter about the importance of love and community is very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Gower | 1/31/2014

    " This is perhaps one of the most important books I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Vogel | 1/25/2014

    " Maybe could give this 5 stars. I expect I will re-read it before too long and will happily upgrade it if it stands up. Lots of great thoughts and ideas in here. Highly recommended for anyone who's interested in their own mind and the minds of others. I never took the proverbial Psych 101 in college, but I think maybe it is done one better by Jonathon Haidt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/25/2014

    " A fantastic book that I think all people should read. It is an enlightening experience. This book has fundamentally changed me and the way I see the world. I often refer back to it and reread certain chapters when I'm in a troubled place. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 1/21/2014

    " I didn't quite finish it as I lost interest towards the end. Much of what I heard, I have heard in other books although the author did have some interesting concepts. The presentation just wasn't all that great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi Landry Phelps | 1/20/2014

    " Haidt uses logic to help find the balance in our life. A must read if you have been searching for "happiness" and wondering what the heck this even means. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward Kidder | 12/12/2013

    " Part psychology, part self-help, part social commentary-- an academic's thoughtful look at the quest for happiness, and what worked for him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/8/2013

    " Although this reads somewhat like a college textbook and is decidely left-leaning in its political bent, it has a lot of good information about how and why we do the things we do. Interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 11/13/2013

    " great book all I have to say "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Indra | 11/5/2013

    " Fascinating review of the field of positive pyschology. Most interesting pyschology book I have read in years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simone | 9/14/2013

    " This is a very interesting report on the findings of psychological studies and how they relate to ancient texts, fiction or not. It sheds light on many aspects of human behavior and how to better understand ourselves and find balance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 6/27/2012

    " I wanted to like this book, but the premise of looking at philosophy for hints on modern happiness didn't turn out to be all that interesting to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 6/7/2012

    " One of my all-time favorites. It's often classified as a self help book, but I would argue with that distinction. It is a primer in psychology and philosophy. Two thumbs and two big toes up! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christa | 1/30/2012

    " Not an easy read, a little dry but really cool stuff about the brain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caleb Hunt | 1/25/2012

    " Profoundly enlightening (H = S + C + V) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia | 12/22/2011

    " All about what makes people tick, brainwise, biologically, morally, sexually, socially. How to ride the inner elephant of our subconscious self (since it rules us, and not the other way around). By ride, I mean how to "guide" that elephant. Quite useful... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisa | 5/19/2011

    " I find the science-y stuff a bit dry and the "you're trapped within your personality forever!" part somewhat depressing, but Haidt makes a compelling argument about human behavior and what leads to real contentment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 4/29/2011

    " An outstanding book for anyone interested in happiness, the self, finding meaning in life, morality.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 4/22/2011

    " Not self-helpy but really interesting look at what makes us happy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 4/5/2011

    " I REALLY enjoyed this book. Learned a lot about life, people, myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloria | 3/31/2011

    " Very interesting book about how the mind works. Some chapters were a little dense, but worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 3/20/2011

    " Thought provoking and insightful. Lots of interesting science to back up his hypothesis on what determines individual happiness.Lot of ideas that will continue to bring perspective into my life and how I perceive others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 3/13/2011

    " This is perhaps one of the most important books I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dr. E | 2/27/2011

    " Beautifully written from the perspective of a highly charged professor and psychologist. Love the idea of the answer being from the "within". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/21/2011

    " One of my absolute favorites - and a book I've given to at least 20 people. Highly accessible for non-science reading fans - and life changing for most who get through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 2/11/2011

    " An overview of human behavior with respect to happiness (obviously), but makes light to our reactions, expectations, and desires. I found the chapter on reciprocity most interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 1/28/2011

    " Not a bad book, but way too conventional. No out of the box ideas are offered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 1/27/2011

    " Very deep but a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TC | 1/20/2011

    " This book literally gave you the equation to happiness. It showed throughout history and anatomically how happiness is in your own control. Very good book, and easy reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Constance | 1/12/2011

    " Brilliant history of psychology though presented as ideas of how to find happiness via philosophy tied to new research in psych and science. A bit less academic and would have been a bestseller! "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Haidt

Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York Univerisity’s Stern School of Business. He earned his PhD in social psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992, and taught at the University of Virginia for sixteen years. He is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, and the coeditor of Flourishing: Positive Psychology and the Life Well Lived. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

George K. Wilson is a working actor in stage, film, television, and commercials with almost one hundred audiobook narrations to his credit. He began in broadcast journalism with American Forces Radio and Television and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He had a lead role in the cult film classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and appeared on television’s One Life to Live, Ryan’s Hope, and The Doctors and has been heard on voice-overs for The Guiding Light and The Cosby Show, as well as many television and radio commercials.